„The most certain test by which we judge whether a country is really free is the amount of security enjoyed by minorities.“

The History of Freedom in Antiquity (1877)
Contexto: The most certain test by which we judge whether a country is really free is the amount of security enjoyed by minorities. Liberty, by this definition, is the essential condition and guardian of religion...<!--p.4

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John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton3
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